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Battery Electric Coach Bus

Green DOT is the prime consultant for this project that proposes to connect rural northern California to the Sacramento region and beyond with battery electric coach buses. The NS Express will connect Shasta County to the City of Sacramento along I-5 as the backbone and additionally connect most of northern California’s counties to the backbone through electric feeder buses. The vision, developed in previous planning efforts, is to utilize 45 foot electric coaches for the backbone service and smaller electric buses connecting 8 regional transit systems to the I-5 coach service. The project includes electric vehicle charging stations, transit stop/hub improvements, integrated ticketing, access agreements, and extensive coordination between entities. Additionally, our project team utilized progressive industry techniques such as mobile source data to develop the most accurate ridership projections.

With over 200 transportation projects in the region and multiple jurisdictions, the Calaveras County Regional Transportation Plan is a critical guide to mobility in this foothill county. Green DOT led this effort over a 12-month period to rebuild the regional project list from the ground up. We found many projects on the historic lists were outdated and in some cases unidentifiable. The current list includes concise descriptors, updated project costs, and sources of project origins. Additionally, extensive work was involved in developing the financial element and performance measures to ensure effective project delivery occurs on every single project. This RTP process utilized the 2017 RTP guidelines for California’s Regional Transportation Planning Agencies and includes alignment with SB 743 VMT metrics in the demand modeling efforts.

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The pure geography of Alpine County provides a perfect environment for biking and walking for leisure and recreation. The nationally acclaimed cycling event, The Death Ride, annually brings over 3500 people to the region to cycle over 5 high Sierra passes over 129 miles in one day. This event not only covers the region with bicyclists on the day of the ride, but many come to Alpine County throughout the year to train on the exceptional road routes the region has on offer. Additionally, with two major recreational draws of Bear Valley and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts, there is a strong community of road and mountain bikers, hikers and cross country skiers that need safe crossings of State Highways and connected facilities for efficient and enjoyable experiences. The entire County is littered with campgrounds and trailheads serving wilderness areas, lakes, creeks meadows, and mountains.  Green DOT is developing an Active Transportation Plan using community input and our planning, funding and project delivery experience to develop an implementable bicycle and pedestrian master plan. The plan will include project lists and programs with associated funding and implementation strategies. We are also working to improve driver awareness of cyclists on rural roadways through educational seminars and physical infrastructure projects.

 

Green DOT is the primary consultant assisting the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency (Shasta RTA) in identifying local projects that are competitive to receive federal and state funding through various Grant programs.  We work with local jurisdictions, private-sector developers and other relevant stakeholders in addition to the Shasta RTA.  Green DOT’s specific role on this team is to act as the transportation expert in identifying competitive projects and preparing grant applications.  In 2015 our project team, in association with the City of Redding and Shasta RTA, prepared 3 major grant applications for over $110 million in state and federal grants. The programs involved include the Strategic Growth Council Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program, the Federal Highway Administration FASTLANE program, and the Caltrans administered Transit and Intercity Rail Program.

The Del Norte Local Transportation Commission prepared a Climate Change Adaption Study to identify infrastructure including roads and stormwater drains that are predicted to be affected by climate change by the year 2100.  There are approximately 680 centerline miles of roadway in the county under various jurisdictions. The planned short and long term capital and maintenance project needs within the county total $330 million through 2030 for all of the jurisdictions involved. The intent of this study was to ensure that the collective, scarce regional financial resources are directed to the most cost effective projects that are supported by sound data and meet cost benefit thresholds. Many of these valuable assets will be affected by climate change in different ways. In order to protect these assets, a comprehensive understanding of the inventory and the impact of changes in sea level and precipitation must be well understood. Green DOT Transportation Solutions contributed to this study by identifying assets (roads) that are vulnerable to climate change and related stormwater impacts, and developed adaptation strategies.

Green DOT is the primary consultant assisting the Siskiyou County Local Transportation Commission in developing the 2016 Siskiyou County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).  The RTP will identify transportation infrastructure and identify County needs in the next 20 year period.  The RTP will also update project lists for the County and program these projects in the short term (0-10 years) and long-term (11-20 years) based on expected funding sources and amounts.  Additionally, the 2016 RTP will update language to ensure consistency with new performance measures and regional plans.  The RTP development process will include an extensive community outreach plan and stakeholder engagement through June 2016.  The 2016 Siskiyou RTP is currently in the draft review stage.

 

In 2011, Green DOT owner Jeff Schwein prepared the Middle Klamath River Community Transportation Plan with grant funding from the Caltrans planning grant program. During this project, the Red Cap Road Bicycle and Pedestrian project was identified as a priority project connecting tribal housing and others to the critical needs and community core of Orleans in Humboldt County. Following up on that identification and conceptual design, Green DOT worked with the Humboldt County Association of Governments and the County of Humboldt to develop a funding strategy. We were instrumental in programming $460K in the 2012 STIP to get the project moving forward. Once the environmental and design work was complete, Green DOT prepared a grant application for the Federal Highway Administration’s Tribal Transportation Safety Program (TTSP) and was awarded the largest grant in the country of $872K. This completed the final piece of a cooperatively funded $2.5 million bicycle and pedestrian project combined with a bridge replacement project to provide access and encouragement for biking and walking in this disadvantaged community.

In an effort to improve efficiency and eliminate duplication and errors, Green DOT Transportation Solutions in cooperation with SiteHatchery developed a web-based Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the Calaveras Council of Governments. The previous CIP system used by CCOG, City of Angels, and Calaveras County was built in an Excel platform that had many challenges associated with static and linked databases. Our project team used PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, and Google Maps API to develop a user friendly web-based management system for the CIP. The system is designed with multiple user access and helps manage projects by fund type. With multi-layered user access levels, the local and regional agencies are able to provide public access to specific project information to promote their transparent programming process. The web-based system virtually eliminates duplication errors and ensures management accountability. The spatial mapping component is especially helpful for project managers and the public when querying projects. Additional functionality includes project scheduling, programming, form submittals, timely use of funds alerts, and invoice management. The programming language will accommodate future additional modules to help agencies manage projects and funds more effectively.
You can access the public version of the database here:

http://ccogcip.com/index.php

Wayfinding is a unique communication tool that spatially guides people to a destination. Small in population and just-right in size, Alpine County is brimming with prime Sierra Nevada recreation opportunities and attracts thousands of visitors to it’s quaint, mountain communities. Green DOT developed a comprehensive wayfinding plan to geographically orient and notify residents and visitors of destinations. The project process included a design component, existing conditions analysis, location analysis, stakeholder involvement, and culminating design guideline and recommendations. The final report is organized with four main wayfinding categories:

  • Highway Guide Signs
  • Natural Features, Portals and Places
  • Visitor Kiosk System
  • Trailhead Information Stations

Visit the project website for more information here:

http://findingalpinecounty.com/

 

The Rural Counties Task Force commissioned a report to explore and define the most effective way for rural and small urban entities to measure performance of transportation projects. Green DOT played a key role on the team selected to prepare this study. The project team has vetted applicable performance measures for inclusion in the development of the 2016 STIP Guidelines. The final report was completed in September 2015 and assists rural and small urban areas in developing projects and justifying the most effective transportation investments in their locale. These identified performance measures will help the local agencies within Siskiyou County as well as the regional agency to determine which projects are the highest priority and support those with empirical data.

Green DOT Transportation Solutions has assisted the City of Susanville with federal and state transportation programming for over $10 million in projects.  The city uses Green DOT’s web-based program management system to track progress, monitor critical funding deadlines, track expenditure drawdowns, and catalog important project related documents in an accessible, consolidated place. Green DOT program managers generate monthly reports to provide the city with the most current upcoming deadlines requiring action. This allows the city time to ensure prior project components are moving along and stimulates communication in this regard. Green DOT also prepares Local Assistance forms for authorizations, allocations, amendments, reporting, and initial programming for the City of Susanville projects.  This includes projects on and off the State highway system.

The Amador County Transportation Commission contracted Green DOT Transportation Solutions to provide on-call support and programming services, assistance towards development and delivery of state and federally funded transportation projects, preliminary engineering tasks for the initiation of priority transportation projects to support funding strategies for the ACTC’s RTP, assist staff with completing reports, DBE and ADA compliance, filing system, audit and resolving transportation related issues.

Green DOT Transportation Solutions was selected by the Alpine County Local Transportation Commission to assist in preparing the 2015 Alpine County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The 2015 RTP includes updated language for the 2010 RTP California Transportation Commission Guidelines and the most recent Federal Highway Bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century which was adopted since the last RTP update.  This RTP also improved upon past performance measures. The 2010 RTP set some tangible baselines that worked in a rural context, and the 2015 RTP will measure performances since 2010.  This included hybrid performance measures developed from the Caltrans Performance Measures for Rural Transportation Systems Guidebook (2006) and the SANDAG Statewide Performance Monitoring Indicators for Transportation Planning (2013) reports.  The Alpine RTP was adopted in December 2015.

 

The City of Eureka contracted Green DOT Transportation Solutions to prepare a project study report for a project on the section of State Route 101 that brings travelers into the city limits from the south. This was a traffic calming and aesthetic improvement project for the most part, but also includes some operational, bicycle and pedestrian improvements as well. Throughout spring 2015, we conducted stakeholder and community outreach meetings to gather input from local businesses and the community on what type of improvements would be meaningful to them. Additionally, this was a cooperative effort with Caltrans, the California Coastal Commission, and other regional and local agencies. Ultimately, our project team prepared a Project Study Report and implementation plan that will lead to infrastructure improvements in the future.

More information can be found here:  www.eurekasouthentry.com

A Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is a long-range (20 year) planning document used to identify transportation infrastructure and program projects for a designated region. The last RTP for the region was developed in 2009/10 and regions are required to update their plans every 5 years to be eligible for certain funding resources. The planning process is more than merely listing highway and transit capital investments; it requires developing strategies for operating, managing, maintaining, and financing the area’s transportation system in such a way as to advance the area’s long term goals. The 2015 RTP development process explored ways to improve multi-modal opportunities for regional and inter-regional travel and maintain a strong commitment to traditional highway improvement projects. We conducted an extensive community outreach plan for the RTP update and engaged stakeholders through Spring 2015. Green DOT Transportation Solutions was the primary consultant preparing the 2015 Glenn County RTP, which was adopted in October 2015.

More information about the project can be found here: www.glenncountyrtp.com

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